Penn State plays at Maryland on Saturday in its regular-season finale, but before that coach James Franklin will host several Penn State players and assistant coaches at his home for Thanksgiving on Thursday.
And it sounds like it’ll be fantastic.
“I want them to understand what Thanksgivings are like at the Franklins.” he said Tuesday. “I don’t want them to come over dressed up and formal. It is sleep. It is eat. It is watch football. It’s fall asleep on the couch. We play ping pong, we play board games, pool… eat, sleep, rotate the rest of the day,”
Franklin said about nine players will be joining him on the holiday, with about four of the players bringing their families.
“I’m hoping that they’ll come and slobber on my couch, and eat turkey, and just chill,” he said. “To me, it’s just about family, and quality time with each other, and taking the time to be thankful for all the blessings we do have.”
Penn State fans certainly hope their players and coaches aren’t in a food coma for too long. The Nittany Lions (9-2) have one last chance to bolster their postseason résumé against lowly Maryland (4-7).
With 10 wins, Penn State can likely earn a bid to a New Year’s Six bowl. Land of 10 predicts the Nittany Lions will play in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 in Arlington, Texas.
Penn State’s regular-season finale kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on the Big Ten Network.